Reader’s Question: My wife and I are in our 50s. She went through menopause when her ovaries were removed, and her libido has really decreased. There are lots of products out there for men, but not really for women. We’ve looked everywhere. Is there anything we can try?
Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: Loss of libido at menopause – especially in a situation where the ovaries have been removed – is very common.
In lots of cases, women who have had their ovaries removed are good candidates for testosterone therapy, which can increase female libido. We tend to think of testosterone as a “male” hormone, but it’s actually very critical to female sexual function.
There are many other nutrient and hormone deficiencies that can affect sex drive, or cause other symptoms (like fatigue and depression) that can lead to decreased interest in sex.
For example, being too low on iron (anaemia) can send the libido plummeting, and research has shown that anaemia is fairly common in postmenopausal women. In one study, women showed increased sexual desire after correcting their iron deficiencies.
There are also some herbal remedies that are used around the world by women to improve their sex drives. Two of the most common are “maca” (sometimes known as “Peruvian ginseng”) and “muira puama.”
Maca and muira puama are often found at your local health store. If not, you won’t have any trouble locating them online.
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Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
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